About Jill DuMar

Living in Burke County, USA

By Jill DuMar | June 22, 2022

This is part 1 of a series of stories involving interviews with naturalized citizens who reside in Burke County. Mike Bickley and Tanis Mobley are two British natives (now Burke County residents) with very different stories. “Don’t ask me about the Royal family,” Mike said. “Americans can tell you about the last 15 monarchs, while I can name a few, […]

Sheriff addresses funding issues

By Jill DuMar | June 22, 2022

Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams has pledged “greater accountability” in dealing with funding received in the form of funds from sources other than the county commission. The sheriff’s office has received considerable scrutiny and criticism in recent weeks over the creation of a private account for grant money received from Georgia Power and the Waynesboro Housing Authority for additional services. […]

Council approves 4th liquor store

By Jill DuMar | June 22, 2022

In a tense meeting Tuesday, the Waynesboro City Council approved two more liquor store applications, bringing the total number of businesses to sell distilled spirits in the Bird Dog Capital to four. Represented by attorney Matthew Wade Padgett, Yogi Swami filed an appeal after the council denied his application to open a liquor store at 505 W. 6th Street last […]

Understanding the unprecedented housing market

By Jill DuMar | June 22, 2022

“It’s really an interesting time in real estate because there is so much moving going on,” said Max Boswell, owner/broker at Mary Yelton Realty. The real estate markets vary across the country and even across the state. In spite of rising interest rates, Burke County’s housing market continues to be strong, dampened only in the outlying areas that lack high […]

New BCPS program guarantees a job

By Jill DuMar | June 22, 2022

The Burke County EMA has partnered with the Board of Education to offer high school seniors the opportunity to begin a career upon graduation. Beginning with the new school year, seniors may now elect to enter a program designed to teach them the basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) portion of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training along with the textbook side […]

Playing games with the law

By Jill DuMar | June 22, 2022

The Waynesboro Police Department is asking for help in locating Jockelle Gaines. Gaines is wanted for forgery in the 1st degree after the WPD found videos of him purchasing money orders and then accompanying others while the altered payment orders are cashed for more than the amount for which they were purchased. Gaines is playing hide-andseek games with local law […]

Cash needed for Mad Anthony’s Big Boom

By Jill DuMar | June 22, 2022

The Downtown Development Authority’s annual Mad Anthony’s Big Boom Fireworks Extravaganza is less than two weeks away, Sunday evening, July 3rd, and donations are still needed to pay for the cost of the show. The cost of the event is $11,088. WANT TO HELP? To make a donation, send checks to the City of Waynesboro/ DDA c/o Don Lively, 615 […]

Waynesboro residents trash county idea

By Jill DuMar | June 22, 2022

As the Board of Commissioners contemplate what to do about trash, Waynesboro residents’ expressed satisfaction with the way the city handles their garbage. Residents were encouraged to speak up about whether the city should continue to hold off until the BOC decides to tackle the entire county’s trash or just stick with the way they are doing it during a […]

County airport progresses with land acquisition

By Jill DuMar | June 22, 2022

ATM Partners, LP accepted Burke County’s offer to purchase a 50.21 acre parcel adjacent to the south end of the airport for $225,000. One of the stipulations in the purchase agreement includes a provision for an easement across the highway frontage and allowing the seller to harvest timber within 180 days of closing. The county’s purchase will allow the elimination […]

Planning your next family vacation or trip

By Jill DuMar | June 22, 2022

When planning an event, looking for a good deal for a family vacation, or a getaway, BBB encourages people to plan ahead to save money, avoid scams, and travel safely. Scammers will often target people looking for great deals online by offering tempting vacation packages at unrealistically low prices. One place to begin an online search is BBB. org for […]